Rooney D&D Banner v.2

Tag: debate

Four Debates Set in NJ-02

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LobiondoThe leading political prognosticators aren’t predicting much trouble for House incumbents this cycle, Save Jerseyans, and NJ-02’s Frank LoBiondo is no exception.

That doesn’t mean we won’t have a real campaign including, as it was announced on Tuesday, four individual “forums” featuring the candidates:


MacArthur Launches

With Three Months Left, Republican Campaign Goes After Debate-Ducking Belgard with Big Online Ad Blitz

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A screenshot from

A screenshot from

At the end of June, Save Jerseyans, we talked about how strange it was that Democrat CD3 hopeful Aimee Belgard continued to duck debate challenges from her Republican opponent, Tom MacArthur, in her quest to succeed Jon Runyan and become only the second Democrat since Reconstruction to hold the seat.

Yes, well-heeled incumbents or candidates who are waaay ahead in polling have few incentives to risk giving their opponent an opportunity to get back into the game with a well-landed punch. Belgard doesn’t fit into either category. She needs that big “punch” to make a go of this thing — and quickly — before October arrives and national Democrats who’ve flirted with her candidacy get bored and turn their attention and resources to defenses.


Opinion: A Truly Wide-Open #NJSen Debate

By Charlie Barr | The Save Jersey Blog

Debate StageOn November 4, 2014, New Jersey will choose between seven candidates for United States Senate.


Yes. Seven, Save Jerseyans.

Cory Booker and Jeff Bell are the two political heavy-lifters when it comes to money and party loyalists. But the other five candidates? Not so much. I don’t believe that necessarily warrants their exclusion from a political process that should, of all things, be inclusive.


Belgard’s Click and Paste Campaign

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

belgard click and pasteIf you thought that I was being too hard on Aimee Belgard and her dumbed-down CD3 campaign, Save Jerseyans… think again.

Not only is the first term Burlington County freeholder running on nothing but name-calling at present, ducking debate challenges and refusing to engage on substance but, as the national conservative outpost Hot Air just discovered, Belgard is proving to be anything but original.

Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw discovered that Belgard was one of (at least) three House Democrats who’ve recently blasted out the same paraphrased DNC talking points, pledging to reject “Congressional perks.” And when I say paraphrased, I mean virtually identical.


MacArthur v. Lonegan Debate

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur (left) and Steve Lonegan (right) are vying for the CD3 GOP nomination.

Tom MacArthur (left) and Steve Lonegan (right) are vying for the CD3 GOP nomination.

Looking for an entertaining way to get over your Hump Day, Save Jerseyans?

Philly radio host Dom Giordano is hosting a radio debate between CD3 GOP primary contenders Tom MacArthur and Steve Lonegan today (Wednesday 5/21) at 10 AM.

It’s the only scheduled debate before the June 3rd primary, and given the fact that MacArthur is currently suing the Lonegan campaign for defamation and Lonegan is calling MacArthur a “monster,” I think you can count on today’s exchange being anything but boring! Dom IS taking call-in questions, too…

Need to get caught up before the debate? Click here for links to our exclusive Save Jersey sit-down interviews with both men.

Click here to listen to the radio debate LIVE via 1210 WPHT.

MacArthur v. Lonegan Debate Set

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur (left) and Steve Lonegan (right) are vying for the CD3 GOP nomination.

Tom MacArthur (left) and Steve Lonegan (right) are vying for the CD3 GOP nomination.

It’s like Christmas in May, Save Jerseyans, at least for those of us who enjoy high-stakes political combat. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. Embrace it!

I’m referring to an upcoming radio debate between CD3 contenders Tom MacArthur and Steve Lonegan scheduled for next Wednesday 5/21. The exact time and location (somewhere in CD3) are still TBD but both candidates have committed to participate.

Lonegan discussed the debate on Tuesday morning when he called into Dominic Giordano’s radio program on the Philadelphia talk station 1210 AM.


Lance vs. Larsen Debates Scheduled

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Leonard Lance (left) and David Larsen (right)

Leonard Lance (left) and David Larsen (right)

Heads up, Save Jerseyans…

The Lance for Congress campaign announced its 2014 GOP Primary debate schedule on Monday; incumbent U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ07) will face off with his 3-time primary opponent David Larsen on two separate occasions:

TUESDAY, MAY 27: Radio debate hosted by WRNJ radio (1510 AM, FM 92.7, and FM 104.7). 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information visit

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28: Debate hosted by the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce. 8 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 36 Valley Road in Clark. For more information visit

The Forgotten Flaw in the WalMart Wage Argument

A rebuttal to Slate magazine’s article: “Would Walmart’s Prices Spike If They Paid Their Employees More?”

By Jordan Rickards

WalmartWhen I was in high school there was a window that separated the administrative offices from the main hallway on which was typically posted school news and such. One day one of the teachers posted a cartoon on the window. On the left side of the cartoon was a professional athlete living in squalor, and on the right side was a teacher living in a mansion. The caption read “What people would be paid if they were paid what they were worth.” The teachers thought this was especially clever.


LD1 AC Press Debate (VIDEO)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

In case you missed it on Monday evening, Save Jerseyans, here’s the video of last night’s AC Press debate between incumbent state Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) and challenger Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt (R-1):

Want more LD1 coverage?

Click here to watch my interview with Susan.

Check back here tomorrow (Wed. 10/23), too, for my interview with the LD1 GOP Assembly candidates, Kristine Gabor and Sam Fiocchi.

Who Won the Final Debate?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie at debateThe New Jersey 2013 gubernatorial debates are in the history books, Save Jerseyans.

Who won in your estimation?

Vote, then please explain your vote in the comments:

Who Won the Final Gubernatorial Debate? free polls 

Final #NJGov Debate (LIVE)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Buono and ChristieDebate #1 proved to be a rough experience for Barbara Buono (BWOH’-noh), Save Jerseyans.

Will she do any better in tonight’s second and final debate opposite incumbent Governor Chris Christie?

Watch LIVE right here beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST:

Not working? Click here. You can also click here to find your local NJTV channel which is also broadcasting the debate.

Did you miss debate #1? Catch up by watching it here. We will also live tweet via

Watch Both @NJSen Debates

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Polls will close in 48 hours… did you miss either #njsen special election debate, Save Jerseyans?

Revisit both (and share your favorite moments with an undecided voter) right here at your favorite blog:

Debate #1 (October 5, 2013 @ ABC)

Debate #2 (October 9, 2013 @ Rowan University):

Friday Night LG Debate (LIVE)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Laborista Milly Silva (D) will face off with the incumbent LG Kim Guadagno.

Laborista Milly Silva (D) will face off with the incumbent LG Kim Guadagno.

Heads up, Save Jerseyans:

Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno (R) and Democrat challenger Milly Silva (D) will meet for their first and only one-on-one debate this Friday evening at Kean University.

You might ask what’s the point of scheduling a Friday night debate heading into a long-holiday weekend.

Just please don’t ask me. I couldn’t tell you.

The live stream begins at 7:00 pm; click here to watch.

Too Many Empty Suits

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Booker empty suit debateIf you watched last night’s final #njsen debate, Save Jerseyans, then you heard Cory Booker (D-Twitter) use the word “tea party” more often than his opponent’s name.

Booker is a lot of things but “stupid” isn’t one of them. He came to play this time after flubbing the first debate. and reading plenty of polls which suggest that both the Tea Party and the ongoing federal shutdown are losers for Steve Lonegan. His buddy (and occasional bully) Barack Obama shared a similar experience in 2012. Plenty of smart people think Booker carried the day (and probably the election along with it). And they might be right.

What stuck in my crawl was Booker’s dogged insistence that people like Steve Lonegan are the problem in Washington.

It’s a crock, folks.

Now, that’s not to say that I’ve always been a big fan of Steve Lonegan’s style. Far from it in fact…


Booker Wins On Style

BArt Gallagher |

Cory Booker debateCory Booker came to the second and final Senatorial debate prepared to portray Steve Lonegan as a Tea Party extremist, and Lonegan cooperated.

Lonegan came prepared with facts and punchlines.  Booker turned nearly every question into an opportunity to portray himself as a compromiser who will go to Washington to get things done and Lonegan as an extremist.

Early on in this campaign, Lonegan acknowledged he “lacked a filter” between what he really thinks and what he says.  He seems to have developed a filter over the last several weeks, but he left it at home tonight.

Lonegan’s hardest punchlines are likely to be used against him over the the final week of the campaign.  “You might not be able to swim in that river, but its probably because of all the bodies in it from shooting victims” and “you’ll abort a baby in its 8th month of delivery,” will very likely be used relentlessly by the Booker campaign and they ramp up their Get Out The Vote machine in the coming week.